This poor performance of Apple speakers is often attributed to Siri’s lag compared to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, a low number of home automation features, as well as the excessively high price of the HomePod. But since 2020, Apple seems to have made a change of direction, with the launch of the HomePod mini.
Indeed, the HomePod mini is a smaller product, which also costs less. On the other hand, the firm has launched new home automation features. And little by little, Apple is opening its speakers to third-party services. For example, recently we learned that it is now possible to use Deezer as the default streaming service (instead of Apple Music) on Apple speakers.
And today, the Cupertino company gives us another good reason to choose its connected speakers. Indeed, it has just announced that thanks to a future update, the HomePod and the HomePod mini will support so-called “loseless” or lossless audio streaming on Apple Music.
Audio without loss of quality, but on a limited number of accessories
Recently, Apple announced support for loseless audio on its Apple Music streaming service. As the firm explains: “Most audio compression techniques lose some amount of data contained in the original source file. Lossless compression is a form of compression that preserves all of the original data. “
This is good news. However, as we explained to you in a post, in order to take advantage of this better quality of audio streaming, you will need the appropriate equipment. And Apple’s Bluetooth accessories do not support this lossless audio quality. In a help document, Apple states: “The AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max and Beats wireless headphones use the Apple AAC Bluetooth codec to ensure excellent audio quality. However, Bluetooth connections are not lossless. “
On the other hand, if you have a HomePod speaker or a HomePod mini speaker, you will be able to take advantage of this new offer from Apple. Indeed, it announces that: “HomePod and HomePod mini currently use AAC to ensure excellent audio quality. Support for lossless will be available in a future software update. “
In essence, these speakers may soon become a must-have for those who want to enjoy loseless audio on Apple Music. As a reminder, this quality is available for the 75 million titles in the catalog.